Academic technology is always evolving, and with it are teaching pedagogies. TAC is on the cutting edge of these emerging instructional technologies.
Here are some emerging instructional technologies that we are actively exploring:
Sugata Mitra (Newcastle University, UK) tells a remarkable story about education based on a series of real-world experiments. Given the right conditions (i.e. sufficient resources + non-interference) children can teach themselves even sophisticated subject matter.
MOOC typically means Massively Open Online Course. There are many models that meet this description to varying degrees and the concept is rapidly changing. Open Online courses are nothing new. OSU offered its first web-based online course in 1994. What is new is the massive idea, in some cases involving thousands and tens of thousands of students in a single term of a course.
The Evolution of the Textbook
The very ideas of Atext© and Areading© are changing. This year Amazon reported that ebooks outsold hardcopy volumes. Textbooks are changing too. Here is how.
Projecting from Mobile Devices
So many mobile apps, so little time. Yet an app that lets you connect your tablet or phone to a projector to show your slides and documents is worth looking into.
Course flipping is a broad term that typically involves positioning lectures outside of class meetings (e.g. online, video) and using in-class meeting time for a different teaching/learning model (e.g. problem-based, collaborative, discussion). This process may be implemented in parts or as a whole strategy.
Everyone does 2D printing of pages from their computer and word processor. Now 3D printing of objects is being done from personal computers and design applications. These tools are becoming more affordable and are being used in classrooms.
The Valley Library offers 3D printing. For details, please consult their 3D Printing Guide.
Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Two useful thing about computers in education is that they have lots of time and are very patient. Systems designed to guide learners through study and problem-solving via evaluation, feedback, and branching are aids to self-paced learning.
Cognitive science shows that chunking information into small units that may be combined by association is an effective way to learn faster and longer. By creating microlectures you may pre-chunk the lessons and assemble them into sequences or sets.
Send a text from your mobile device to be received by many. Use online services to create txt groups. Now you may teach from anywhere anytime. There is no escape!
Infographic Creation Tools
Infographics are visual presentations of words and numbers. These can be nice to look at, but for educational value the key is to establish clear and relevant relationships between the parts. Several online tools are available for creating infographics. If you have meaningful numbers text, then you can do this.